Ethered yet again

I’m not sure if this is the case with anyone else, but in the course of writing yesterday’s post about 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina I got to thinking: I have basically no recollection at all of the time when Jay-Z’s the Blueprint was released. Because I was a junior in college at the time, I almost certainly had a copy of it a while before it was released, but it must have never worked its way into my rotation.

Which would seem odd when you consider that a) the Blueprint hit stores the same day the twin towers fell, b) it was released amid Jay’s epic beef with Nas’ – easily the biggest rap beef of this decade so far, and c) it was immediately hailed by numerous prominent critics as one of the best rap albums evar. I wonder though if the Blueprint is really deserving of the level of hype it received at the time.

A few months ago, during the brouhaha surrounding Jay-Z’s big Reasonable Doubt anniversary show, I published my own list of Jay-Z’s albums in order from best to worst, in response to Noz’s suggestion that Vol. 3: A New Level of Pandering – arguably Jay’s worst album – was the best Jay-Z album evar. As I recall, I put the Blueprint about halfway down the list, after Reasonable Doubt and Vols. 1 and 2, but ahead of crap like Vol. 3 and Blueprint 2: The Gift that’s a Curse.

The truth of the matter is that I tuned out after Hard Knock Life and could less in which order you ‘bags consider the last five or so Jay-Z albums. Going back over my list, the Blueprint could very well be better than the Dynasty, but it wouldn’t be worth my time digging up both copies to find out. At any rate, they’re probably a lot more similar than many of you ‘bags would like to think. Indeed I think the the circumstances surrouding the Blueprint distinguish that album more so than the actual music itself.

It could be the case that I never bought into the whole “wanton sampling = mark of a true genius” school of thought, which seems to have begun right around the time the Blueprint was released. For what it’s worth, songs like “Izzo” and “the Takeover” might actually be Kanye West’s best work, but’s it’s not like that’s really saying a whole lot. On the other hand, I find some of Just Blaze’s contributions to the album rather grating and not nearly on the level of his best stuff.

And I think it’s worth noting that the Blueprint, for being a so-called classic album, also has its share of straight up shit sandwiches. Nobody liked that Trackmasters song at the time, and I’m sure it’s no coincidence that Jay never worked with them again. I know some people enjoyed that Eminen song, but then you can find people on the Internets that like pretty much anything. And whatever that mess that Timbaland contributed was can only be viewed in retrospect as the original “SexyBack.”

That said, a case could be made for the Blueprint being a classic on the basis of it being released on 9/11 and in the midst of Jay’s historic battle with Nas, but I’m not sure if I’m buying that either. Like I said before, it’s odd to think how much of that time I remember on a personal level and how little of it involves listening to the Blueprint. For me at least, the Blueprint was definitely not the sound of the fall of 2001. (Gold, anyone?)

And in retrospect, the Jay and Nas beef ended up being pretty damn fruity, if you ask me, and a harbinger of so many of the other silly New York rap beefs that have emerged in its wake. In fact, you could argue that New York hip-hop would be that much better today if none of that ever happened.

  • FOB

    1st
    Blueprint is a classic

    period

    go get a girl

  • slap fire out a blog

    1st

  • slap fire out a blog

    “I know some people enjoyed that Eminen song”

    Come on Bol, Im not the biggest Em fan by any means but you have to give respect where it is due. This track in itself is probably the most lyrical J has come of since Reasonable Doubt (IMO) even though it was mostly because of fear that Em would body him on his own track, but it is still some of his best work

    “I had to hustle, my back to the wall, ashy knuckles
    Pockets filled with a lot of lint, not a cent
    Gotta vent, lot of innocent of lives lost on the project bench
    Whatchu hollerin’? Gotta pay rent, bring dollars in
    By the bodega, iron under my coat, feelin braver
    Doo-rag wrappin my waves up, pockets full of hope
    Do not step to me – I’m awkward, I box leftier often
    My pops left me an orphan, my momma wasn’t home
    Could not stress to me I wasn’t grown; ‘specially on nights
    I brought somethin home to quiet the stomach rumblings…….”

    hotness (no Luther)

  • mcarroll4716

    If you gotta ask this question, you need to listen to the album again. You’re better off asking this question in regard to the Black Album.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    You’re trying way too hard to shit on as many people as possible.

    I’m just gonna say that I disagree with pretty much everything you’ve said here.

    The whole “hating what’s popular while liking stuff that’s kinda outta left field” shtick is annoying, and caucasian, and really, really fuckin’ played out.

    UNO!

  • mcarroll4716

    I completely agree with the fire slapper. No Luther = No Johnycakes

  • john cochran

    You a dickhead. Those were the best beats he’s ever had. The blueprint is his best album production wise. Vol.1 lyrically.

  • LOS

    Aight post. I dont agree with that shit though. Next time do one explaining why Stillmatic was hyped like a muthafucka. It was wack and nowhere near a classic. Acutally Nas as a whole is overrated like a mafucka. He only got 2 nice cds.

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    As far as the Eminem song is concerned, my beef was more with the beat than with the lyrics.

    And the best album Jay ever did production-wise is obviously Reasonable Doubt.

  • LOS

    >>>>Rey Says:

    August 22nd, 2006 at 2:03 pm
    You’re trying way too hard to shit on as many people as possible.

    I’m just gonna say that I disagree with pretty much everything you’ve said here.

    The whole “hating what’s popular while liking stuff that’s kinda outta left field” shtick is annoying, and caucasian, and really, really fuckin’ played out.

    UNO!

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    I’ll give you that, the beat on Renegade wasn’t that good.

    Reasonable Doubt’s production was super-dated, even for ’96. I dunno how long he was sitting on that material (no young gunz), but they sounded closer to that 93-94 boom bap shit that you go crazy for.

    Bol, even you gotta admit that The Blueprint’s production thankfully killed all that mannie fresh/swizz beatz synth bounce shit that was rotting from everyone’s speakers from like late 98 til mid ’01.

    That alone makes the album classic cuz everyone switched their shit up after that, but the lyrics were on point too, not to mention how many countless MCs bit Hov’s flow and inflections off The Blueprint.

    Maybe someone will do a Gin Blossoms/Masta Killa mash-up hosted by Natalie Portman & you’ll be able to die a happy man.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Uh.. Los? Care to comment?

  • LONZO

    Even thou I don’t agree wit Bol I gotta say good blog cuz this is a hip hop site and u keepin it hip hop wit a good argument……so today Bol u get my propz. (no lil’ wayne).

  • suckamore

    The Greatest Story Never Heard > Bluprint

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    >Reasonable Doubt’s production was super-dated, even for ‘96.

    If by “super-dated” you mean “classic” and “modern even by today’s standards,” then yeah, that shit was super-dated.

    >Bol, even you gotta admit that The Blueprint’s production thankfully killed all that mannie fresh/swizz beatz synth bounce shit that was rotting from everyone’s speakers from like late 98 til mid ‘01.

    I pretty much sat out those years anyway. That’s the beauty of having musical interests that expand outside of hip-hop: You don’t have to make excuses for the likes of Harlem World.

  • G Off

    The fact that the disc wasn’t overshadowed by 9/11 and still made the impact it did says a lot to me. I remember driving to the record store to buy it while listening to coverage of the attack on the radio.

    Not every song on there is perfect, the trackmasters joint is wack and Hola Hovito sounds like he freestyled it, but can you name another rap album in the last seven years that had a cohesive sound to it like BP did? Everyone complains about rappers putting out albums with one or two hot songs and a bunch of filler that panders to trends, but this album had a sound that made a mark.

    Go listen to All I Need, Heart of the City, Lyrical Exercise, and the Kanye version of Girls, Girls, Girls and tell me it’s garbage.

  • BELIZE

    It might not be Jay’s best Cd but it was the cd of the summer…that u cant front on!

  • Thatdude

    dont even make any more comments to this dumb post

  • LONZO

    The blueprint is a classic in my opinion not so much becuz of its overall content but bcuz of its influence n how it made evryone change their style n production…..u gota admit thou a couple of tracks were Lame as hell.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    No, by “super-dated” I meant, “Sounds like tracks Puffy had laying around after ‘Ready To Die’ came out.”

    1-Harlem World was dope, but you probably skipped out on that cuz you would’ve had to pay for music back then.

    2-That’s not sitting out rap, that’s “All my friends were white anyway, so I had to blend in.”

    Nice try, Weevil.

  • e

    I think Blueprint is a classic but I could see how you can argue that because of the diffrent circumstances that happened during the albums release it led to it being overhyped

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    The “hidden” tracks weren’t anywhere near as good as anything else on the album. G Off was right, that shit had a continuous theme and sound to it, and dudes just don’t make albums like that anymore.

    Blueprint = Classic, no matter what the haters say.

  • http://www.myspace.com/cleanzilla Zilla Rocca

    Ryan Adams “Gold” > “Blueprint”
    “Blue Print 2″ > Ryan Adams everything after “Gold”

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Also, maybe I just didn’t get my news from where some of you guys did, but 9-11 pretty much overshadowed the fuck out of everything.

    Nobody in the real world was going “Man, the towers fell the same day Jay fuckin’ Z dropped an album. Damm you, Bin Laden!”

    What the fuck..

  • LOS

    My bad REY, i was trying to Amen what you said but aint finish

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    >It might not be Jay’s best Cd but it was the cd of the summer…that u cant front on!

    What summer? Did this album not come out in September?

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Just a bit confused, Los.

    Come on Bol, you download albums like months before they come out, don’t start that release date shit.

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    >“Blue Print 2″ > Ryan Adams everything after “Gold”

    Cold Roses = best double album since Sign o’ the Times

  • http://www.buildthedream.org DGthegreat

    Now, you are making it TOO obvious that you are just trying to get people (like myself) to respond to your lame ass post!

    Your facts are all wrong and in addition your a living contradiction. Paragraph one: “I have basically no recollection at all of the time when Jay-Z’s the Blueprint was released.”
    You KNOW the shit was released on 9/11 cause you say the shit two sentences later!

    I don’t consider myself the biggest Jay-Z fan. Personally, I think the more commercially accepted he became, the worst off hip-hop became. However, that still doesn’t take away the fact that when Blueprint was released, I remember few albums that had the impact that album had (not just because of the Nas beef). I was a freshmen in college at the time and not only was the Blueprint playing out of every dorm room (before the album dropped) for the entire semester, every region in the US played it religiously.

    If you must know, Jay-Z made the mistake of working with the Trackmasters a year later on the abortion “The Best of Both Worlds” (for the whole damn album).

    Your argument would be valid if you simply stated that for a “classic” album, the Blueprint contained one too many fillers. But considering that Jay-Z decided to release an album with NO collaborations (except Eminem, which Em’s verse is why some people even discuss Em in the top 10 MCs) at that time and the impact that the Bluprint had on the culture, you HAVE to consider the Blueprint classic.

    Is it better than Reasonable Doubt? No. But that wasn’t the argument. Quit finding anything to go left field with and stick to writing halfway interesting blogs once every two weeks.

  • LONZO

    Also the blueprint lit a fire on Nas and made him step his rap game up….. without the bluprint we would of never heard ETHER one of the best diss tracks ever!

  • http://myspace.com/wabdamuss wab

    Dude, you’re an idiot.

    I first realized Blueprint was when I woke up hungover and heard it playing on a playstation which, besides the tv, was the only thing not stolen from the rowdy party at my friends house the night before.

    But yeah, u were just a herb in college so u didn’t like it brian.

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    >I was a freshmen in college at the time and not only was the Blueprint playing out of every dorm room (before the album dropped) for the entire semester, every region in the US played it religiously.

    They played rap music out the window at your college?

  • Incilin

    Nas and Jay beef didn’t hurt NY. If anything it brought back Nas, one of NY’s permier artists.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    The trackmasters beat was kinda ehhh, but that’s the song that got the whole world sayin’ “I’m focused!”, not to mention all the Evisu talk, as well as his inflection throughout the track.

    Even the damm misstep had an impact!

  • e

    fact, you could argue that New York hip-hop would be that much better today if none of that ever happened.
    ^^^^
    It could be argued that Blueprint was New Yorks curtain call because since then there has not been an album as critically and commercially successful

  • http://www.buildthedream.org DGthegreat

    Bol,

    Yes they did play rap music out of the window at my college. I went to an HBCU. You probably wouldn’t know shit about that considering your two weeks away from being considered caucasian!

  • Leonard Wilson Jr

    I feel what everyone was saying. When the Blueprint dropped it was during my first year of college at UW-Parkside. I procrasinated my apartment application so I was staying in a hotel near campus that my grandmother paid for. I bought the album after class before I had to go to work at 2pm. As soon as I left work, I unwrapped that Circuit City plastic and played every track until midnight. I couldn’t get enough. The production, the lyrics, the mindset, the wordplay were all top notch. It was different. It really solified Jay as a mc not a rapper. I knew he was a mc already because of Reasonable Doubt but this album was a classic from my first listen. That’s just my personal opinion. And if you think of any other rapper or mc over the Blueprint beats, I guarantee you they wouldn’t have been able to create the aura or paint the picture that Jay painted.

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    >Yes they did play rap music out of the window at my college. I went to an HBCU.

    Did they serve chicken a lot? LOL

  • the dough

    Next week Bol is going to write a blog about how Earth is like, teh gayest planet evar.

  • gluvnast

    uummm lemme see, one of hte greatest diss records on wax is from that album…two unknown producers became overnight superproducers due to that album (just blaze & kanye west), only album without an over abundance of extra rappers (only eminem guest rapped), one of the few albums almost everybody know song for song (how many can remember every song from the most recent albums you just purchased??)…an album that was STILL made impact regardless of debuting on one of the worst and tragic days in american history…..people CAN remember the date of blueprint but how many people know the date of STILLMATIC????

    it sounds like a classic to me…one thing you got to remember is that there’s no such thing as a “perfect” song, you cannot make a perfect album because everybody’s musical tastes are different…so nobody is going to agree with everything…however, if a album is that memorable to the point you made a THREAD about it 5 years later trying to make insignificant excuses of why it’s not, then it must be

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    …says the dude who went to school in Chicken Switch, MO

    LOL @ The Dough

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    co-sign Gluv.

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    lmao

    rey can’t be any older den 17…he really is sum teenage newjack faggit ass nigga

    which is possibly worse den being a faggit ass nigga

    u a faggit ass nigga bol

    but please..no more boring jay z posts

  • http://www.buildthedream.org DGthegreat

    Bol,

    You are the ghey rapper.

  • pop a poppa

    1. Reasonable Doubt
    2. The Black Album
    3. The Blueprint
    4. Vol. 3: Life And Times Of S.
    Carter
    5. Vol. 2: Hard Knock Life
    6. The Dynasty: Roc La Familia
    7. Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse
    8. Vol. 1: In My Lifetime

    Vol. 1: In My Lifetime was his worst album but it did feature the best song he has ever made (“Where I’m From”).

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    oh god..are dese faggits gunna all start listing dey favorite jay z albums in order now?

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    >You are the ghey rapper.

    HBCUs are known havens for DL brothers.

    I don’t recall there being any gay people at my school.

    >Vol. 1: In My Lifetime was his worst album

    Oh, really?

  • http://www.buildthedream.org DGthegreat

    Bol,

    ^^You see you what you started ghey blogger?

  • e

    Why not make a post on Busta Rhymes anger management issues which have been occurring more and more frequently?

  • the dough

    No Transi’s at your school Bol? According to countless college movies I have seen most universities are brimming with hot lesbians.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    >>>>tHe tRaNsIeNt Says:

    August 22nd, 2006 at 2:56 pm
    lmao

    rey can’t be any older den 17…he really is sum teenage newjack faggit ass nigga

    which is possibly worse den being a faggit ass nigga

    u a faggit ass nigga bol

    but please..no more boring jay z posts

    —-Hey Transi Milonakis, How was working with Nick Cannon on “Wild’n Out”?

    Seriously Transi, Your mom spends all day long on her back trying to make money to keep your cable modem on, and you repay her by saying the stupidest shit ever? She deserves better than that, you barely-sentient little bastard.

    …and since you asked:

    I’m 26, and

    1-The Blueprint
    2-Reasonable Doubt
    3-The Black Album
    4-Vol 1
    5-Vol 2
    6-Blueprint 2
    7-Dynasty
    8-Vol 3

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    all dem steroids busta be on really be makin’ him crazy nowadays

    also..bol shoould do a blog about a rapper who might respond if his buttons are pressed (no some guy pretending to be Bun B)

  • Profit

    The Blueprint was more classic Kanye than it was Jay Z. That album had the potential to be a turning point for Jay (he eventually fucked that up). Lyrically, he was mediocre at best (he did have some classic lines tho). Honestly, I’m not looking forward to his new album at all (the retirement threats got played out with Master P nigga).

  • http://deleted triplesixninja

    jay-z is overrated as fuck in my opinion his shit has always been mad commercial. All that Pharrel and Timbaland nonsense
    and why the fuck has he always gotta talk about womens clothing and shoes and purses and shit
    that aint gangsta
    but i aint going to front he is gifted and big pimpin was a good timbaland beat. and he rode hard on that shit

  • tHe tRaNsIeNt

    rey..mom disses at 26?..is dat really da best yo faggit ass can do, dawg?

    did yo bitch leaving u before yo birfday really sap erythang outta u?

    lmao if u are really 26 doe

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Transi, we all know you’re 14 and bike helmet’n'short bus retarded, so you’ll forgive me if I don’t indulge you.

  • http://myspace.com/starchild10 $tarchild

    Classic? of course. I finally came to the realization that its not better than Reasonable Doubt but its still my favorite album of all-time. I was in the 11th grade when the Blueprint came out and I remember the whole setup of the album. From him performing “Izzo” at the BET Awards for the first time, to the Summerjam takeover, to the day it came out (it had to be pushed up because the demand was so high). Everybody knew it by heart from the older niggas to the lil kids, word for word song for song (“U Dont Know” is my favorite rap song, every nigga in the world was like “1 million, 2 million, 3 million…). Even Nas stans liked it. Not to mention your favorite rapper knows it word for word, tried to make a song or six like the ones on Blueprint, or just got Kanye or Just Blaze to make them songs like the Blueprint.
    p.s. we will still be talking about the Blueprint in 2011. try posing the question of why Stillmatic got 5 mics.

  • Young A. Simmons

    Look at all the shit sandwiches of the past year, makes you appreciate albums like Blueprint cos they don’t come along all that often.

    Blueprint is classic, Jiggas 2nd hottest joint ever. At least you stopped posting that socially conscious BS.

    Only way to stop the ‘Gay Blogger’ rumour is for tomorrows post to be about Taras fatty.

  • e

    How about a post on the decline in quality diss records

  • Meka Soul

    “reasonable doubt” >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> all of jay-z’s albums, singles, guest appearances & other bullshits after.

  • http://www.buildthedream.org DGthegreat

    The Blueprint birthed AZ’s Aziatic. AZ practically tried to trace the whole album. Only “classic” albums have that kind of impact…

  • Meka Soul

    i think that if “takeover” never happened:

    * mobb deep would still be credible artists

    * new yorkers wouldn’t beef with fellow new yorkers every 2 weeks

    * nas would still suck [let's be honest people... "nastradamus?"]

  • e

    * mobb deep would still be credible artists
    ^^^^^^
    The Tru Life incident and singning with G-Unit would have taken away their credibility

    Co-sign on the Nas statement

  • Meka Soul

    hell, if “takeover” never came out, madden would be a whole lot better.

  • Mr.Me

    Bol you on Jay’s dillz nutts. Post about a nigga outside of NY (an not Outkast). You talkin bout “after yesterdays post…I got to thinkin….about Jigga an The Blueprint” like he’s dead or some shit.
    I put my money on it that Def Jam bought most of those Blueprint albums the first few weeks, cuz I cant see too many people after 9/11 thinkin …hmm I should go cop that new Jigga album. Niggas went out an bought vintage Pac.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    C’Mon now… Nas vs Jay was a legitimate, credible beef.

    50 & the boys at Interscope (“Interscope-Beefin’ since ’90″) are the ones that made “beef” as much of a part of marketing new artists and albums as stickers on phone poles (no transi).

    Like 90% of beef since AfterShadyUnit vs Murdaaaaaa Inc has been bullshit and hype and nonsense.

    You can’t blame Jay & Nas for that.

  • Meka Soul

    >The Tru Life incident and singning with G-Unit would have taken away their credibility>

    you think if jay never dismantled prodigy’s confidence, they’d be g-unit cheeba stashers?

    tru-life wouldn’t have a record deal to begin with.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Sheeit, Jay should get a ton of “props” or whatever.. Dude fuckin’ ended Mobb Deep as relevant (sp?) artists. If Hav couldn’t make good beats they’d be on Koch.

    • Kandonga

      Sorry to break it to ya, they are on Koch (or something similar) as solo artists

  • Meka Soul

    >You can’t blame Jay & Nas for that.>

    their beef left new york in shambles, which allowed fiddy to sneak attack the entire east coast game.

    really, who’d wanna buy a lloyd banks album if 50 wasn’t as huge as he is? shit, who’d buy a tony yayo album now that he is?

    they’d have gone the way of the dodo by now.

  • e

    Yeah they propably wouldn’t be G-unit weed carriers but they always seemed slightly suspect plus Keit Murray made Mobb Deep lose credibility also

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Alright Meka..

    In 2001-2002, Cam blew up, people gave a shit about whatever the fuck State P was, and Nas was everywhere. Ja Rule was still selling records, and Puffy went Platinum on the strength of two I Need A Girl’s. Sheeit, even Busta went platinum thanks to Break Ya Neck and Pass the..fuck, i can’t spell that shit. You know what I mean. Not to mention that “I get high” was fucking everywhere right about then.

    That really doesn’t sound like shambles right there.

    Mind you, I can’t stand Teh Ghey unit, and I hate that they made style over substance okay (which opened the door to all the shitty southern rap–fuck off, mason dixon dwellers), but you can’t attribute that to Hov vs Nas. That shit was that “machine” that crazy ass ray benzino was talking about, and I hate fucking raymond scott (no ashton), but that shit was dead the fuck on.

  • e

    I think 50 rising to power had more to do with having marketable artists than Jay and Nas beefing. If it weren’t for Em, Dre, and Busta supporting 50 his beef with Ja wouldn’t have mattered. Plus Ja Rule didn’t have artists to retaliate with he was the only artist on his label that could sell if he had 2 or 3 good MC’s backing him up 50 would be irrelevant

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    50 woulda done what 50 did whether or not Nas & Jay beefed. (i knew I had a point)

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Oh yeah, Fat Joe went platinum too. Fat. Fucking. Joe.

  • slap fire out a blog

    “I put my money on it that Def Jam bought most of those Blueprint albums the first few weeks, cuz I cant see too many people after 9/11 thinkin …hmm I should go cop that new Jigga album. Niggas went out an bought vintage Pac.”

    You must live in an underground cave somewhere on the west coast. This album was the talk of hip hop that season.

  • marlon

    All I ever hear from Bol is hating, and that he is hard for pop right now, if you really are a hip hop head I gotta know what are your top ten hip hop albums of all time? what direction are you coming from?

  • flava dav

    dont get me wrong I think jay-z is the most clever rapper in the game the black album is his best production wise everything else is average music at best

  • Vyndizzy

    interesting, thanks for the UNwaste of time.

  • Mr.Me

    Slap Fire

    Yeah that season, but I could remeber Rocafella boasting somethin like 300K-500K the first week out. During the week of 9/11? Naw homie somethin wasnt right.

  • WOW…

    >“reasonable doubt” >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> all of jay-z’s albums, singles, guest appearances & other bullshits after.

    calm down Meka, now you’re just talkin crazy.

    How did no one list Blueprint 2 as Jay’s worst fuckin album? Are you bastards high? I’m a Jay-Z stan and that album embarrasses me…..badly. The Heavy D & Lenny Kravitz combo, the last track with that terribly thrown together Earth, Wind & Fire sample….the recycled Just Blaze beat just so MOP could get some shine (then get they ass dropped like a year later)…the throw away Timbaland beat on “So Many Hoes”…That bullshit neptunes song “Lap of Luxury” or whatever the fuck it was called. Blueprint 2 was AWFUL!!! A lotta yall need to seriously re-evalute your lives if you don’t think that was his worst shit.

    And lastly:

    >Did they serve chicken a lot? LOL

    That’s the funniest shit I’ve heard all week!!

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Mr. Me, Slap

    I dunno man, I was working 411 on 9-11 and people were calling me up looking for movie times and restaurants and shit only a couple of hours after the towers fell.. The possibility that people went out and bought cds and shit is very very real.

  • e

    New York rap is in a better state than West Coast rap New York has a bunch of new rappers releasing stuff like Dipset, D-Block, G-Unit, Pappoose the west coast only has The Game releasing mainstream rap and occasionaly Ice Cube or the Dogg Pound but their not new

  • The Dynasty

    I see you sickamore promoting your boy’s album subliminally. Tryin to keep that shit on the low. Hahahaha

  • Meka Soul

    now look at new york post-”takeover:”

    * fat joe’s on koch
    * styles can’t drop a new album to save his life
    * “killa season?”
    * diddy’s to busy preserving his sexy [no baby stase] to worry abou his label, which has led to colossal shit sammiches from loon, da band, danity kane [is that how you spell it? what the fuck is that anyways?] cassie, yung joc, boyz n da hood… the list goes on
    * busta’s now taken a backseat to 50, & “the big bang” hasn’t even gone gold yet [in about 2 weeks it will, what with it averaging about 9,000 sales a week
    * that so-called “machine” also played into curtis’ long-standing beef with murder inc, which then had other labels scrambling to find the newest shit-starter to bankroll
    * bonafide good albums like “fishscale” do roots numbers, while ghey-ass gnarls barkley & black eye peas sell a gajillion copies

    if that isn’t shambles after “takeover,” i don’t know what is.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    That’s 5 years after the takeover. I meant in the time between takeover-ether-super ugly and fiddy coming to power.

    I agree with everything you’ve said there, but that’s not a result of the beef, that’s a tie between rap fans getting stupider and corporations tightening up, not to mention the marquee artists (nas hov em dre) not really putting out anything (good) in a few years.

    The big guns putting out good albums will cause everyone else to put out good shit.

    I’m out like Bol & Transi in Hawaii.

    FREE uh… Shit.. SOME RAPPIN’ ASS NIGGA!

  • Miami Monica

    BOL!!!! “DO YOU DUDES REALLY LISTEN TO MUSIC? OR DO YOU JUST SKIM THROUGH IT?”

    YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU ARE TALKIN’ BOUT!!!! BLUEPRINT WAS DEF A CLASSIC!!!!

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Actually, Diddy needs to give Bad Boy to someone who gives a shit about making good music. I’m a well-known Combs advocate (no sexyback), but even I can’t co-sign what he’s done with the label.

  • john cochran

    Los, u gotta be one of the dumbest niggas that be on this shit. Nas is way better than Hov. Lost tapes alone is better than Hov’s last 2 shit sandwiches. Not 2 mention he made the best east coast rap album ever made(ILLMATIC).

  • DJ N-Credible

    1. It Was Written
    2. I Am
    3. Stillmatic
    4. (insert JJ Evans Best Album here)

  • Mr.Me

    Rey

    I hear that, but I find it hard to believe that that many people really wanted to hear what Jigga had to say after 9/11. Most people was on some conscience shit, like gettin their life right and getting their priorities in order. It seemed like more people wanted to hear Nas. People knew he would be the voice of the streets an touch on subject that Jigga didnt bother to touch on (all for record sales). Thats why Stillmatic was as big as it was because Jay inadvertenly set the tone. Nas was the “anti bling” rapper vs. Jay the “bling/party” rapper. Jay did have some indepth songs on thier an I think Blueprint is a classic album (gotta give propz when due), but Nas’ album was a even bigger classic because of the mood after 9/11. This blog shoulda been about him if anybody. Im not even a fan of his like that, but that album…best album of 2001 (that an Until The End Of Time .RIP)

  • http://www.jkwest.com 2wo

    Jay did work with Trackmasters again on the two great Best Of Both Worlds albums and Tone went on the tour as the referee…

  • Prince Of The South

    Blueprint was a dope album, he didn’t go as hard as he did on his earlier work, because he had to dumb down his flow for the people who bought music. None of those TRL people actually knew what he was talking about when he made those records, they just knew he was good and bought the record just because it was him.

  • Eastside Bread Maker

    This blog was obviously meant to get Bol back in the good graces of people who don’t wanna talk about important issues such as AIDS and Hurricane Katrina, and it worked. But its stupid. Blueprint is a classic on every level. The only song I can hoenstly say I dont like is Hola Hovito, but his third verse in that song alone makes up for it. Izzo was the shit, girls girls girls was the truth to anybody that was juggling more than one girl at a time. Then Hove did what I didnt think he could do when he made song cry. His third verse touched me in the heart (no homo), considering that I had just went through a similar situation with a female that i had to let go.

    “They say you can’t turn a bad girl good, but once a good girl’s gone bad, she’s gone forever. I mourn forever, shit I gotta live with the fact i did you wrong forever!”

    But he quickly made me forget about when the girls girls girls remix came on, and i got back on my shit.

    Hands down a classic, from top to bottom!

    For further proof, go dissect the lyrics of lyrical excercise!!!

    P.S. DIPSET FOREVER!!! Baaaalllliiinnnggg!!!!

  • RANDOMNAME

    “”Gthegreat Says:

    August 22nd, 2006 at 3:26 pm
    The Blueprint birthed AZ’s Aziatic. AZ practically tried to trace the whole album. Only “classic” albums have that kind of impact… “”

    I was just about to say that, and Az’s copy was almost perfect cept for the “party” joints.

  • AJTHROWBACK

    I know that everyone has their own opinions about things, and a lot of stuff that Bol has posted lately has some truth and points with which I have agreed. However, I really feel like he and I–and many of the rest of the people who have responded–were not listening to the same CD. True, “The Blueprint” will never be “Reasonable Doubt” because you could hear Jay’s hunger more on his first and best CD. However, I think that after “Reasonable Doubt”, there is no CD that Jay put out that’s better than “The Blueprint”. It has neither anything to do with his beef with Nas nor anything to do with him dropping his album on the same day the World Trade Center towers fell. It was just one of the most solid CDs put out at that time, let alone that year altogether–other than “Stillmatic”. Beyond the few songs that some people may think should have been left off, Jay had an all-out arsenal of material, including “Renegade”, “Blueprint (Momma Loves Me)”, “Takeover”, “Heart of the City (Ain’t No Love)”, “U Don’t Know”, “The Ruler’s Back” and the bonus track “Lyrical Exercise”. If you question the “classic” tag being thrown on this album, then a good listen to those songs might at least make you see the argument.

    Now, I must comment on the whole thing that the Jay-Z and Nas beef potentially ruined New York hip-hop and was “fruity”. Somebody said in a comment that “Takeover” literally resurrected Nas’s career, and I agree with that statement because he was on the downslide until he made “Ether” and put out three very good albums after that: “Stillmatic”, “God’s Son” and “Street’s Disciple”. To me, all three of those CDs embody that New York feel that I love to hear when I listen to dudes from the NY spit. Jay-Z dissing Nas did more for Nas than it did for Jay-Z, and it’s one of the most debated and celebrated beefs in hip-hop history because it made rap interesting and intriguing and because Nas and Jay-Z kept their beef on wax without excessive talk about shooting each other and acting like thugs. At least they can work in the same building as each other, unlike the beef between 50 Cent and Ja Rule whereas 50 specifically said on camera that he would NEVER be cool with Ja and both of them kept asserting their “gangsta” in the midst of the whole thing. So which beef could be argued more to have ruined New York hip-hop if any beef did at all??

    Anyway, the bottom line is that I wouldn’t even put Vols. 1 or 2 as right behind “Reasonable Doubt” ahead of “The Blueprint”. After putting out an average “Dynasty” album–mainly because he didn’t do enough spitting on his own–Jay had a serious point to prove to hip-hop heads in terms of that hunger he exhibited back in ’96. If “The Blueprint” didn’t do that, then I don’t know what other album out of his catalog post-1996 can be argued to have done so.

  • Fernando

    The Blueprint was NOT THAT TIGHT. Thank God Bol tried to set some of y’all straight. “Izzo” is a terrible song and an obvious bite on the lingo created by 3X crazy out here in the Bay-Area. Most of the production was not that great, ESPECIALLY Just Blaze and Trackmaster cuts. It was just good..NOT CLASSIC. Rey…how could you call Reasonable Doubt production dated???? That shit is still better than 95% of the shit that comes out NOW.

  • Fernando

    I remember being in New York right when the “Izzo” single was droped. I now understand how things work. People in NY dick-ride Jay-Z SOOO hard out there that it is literally impossible to form an opinion of your own. EVERY… I MEAN EVERY clothing store was bumping that song. I must have heard it 30 times in 4 hours of shopping. I would take “In my lifetime Vol.1 or 2″ over Blueprint

  • illadelph

    I prefer Blueprint 2

  • Fernando

    East-side bread maker. Damnit. Girls Girls Girls????? Izzo???? Both of those songs are cleaned up, bitch-made versions of west-coast records. I guess since jay-Z is cool with Too $hort he can do that..But Izzo? Can anyone seriously listen to that song without throwing up in their mouth??? Thats more played out than Whitneys crack pipe.

  • slap fire out a blog

    “I must have heard it 30 times in 4 hours of shopping. I would take “In my lifetime Vol.1 or 2″ over Blueprint”

    cosign

    But it was a feel good song that ever summer needs……..

  • Fernando

    I guess it was feel good. But only for about a month. Once I started to witness the 40-somthing corporate lawyer and his 20-something trophy girlfriend bumping that shit in his convertible, it just wasn’t cool anymore.

  • LBDII

    The Blueprint is a classic and in my opinon its almost as good as reasoable doubt. No not quite as good but almost. I like the Black album third best out of Jay’s catalouge.

  • Just Cause

    Damn, I been saying that same shit for years about Blueprint AND Stillmatic, ‘couldn’t believe the Source gave both of them 5 mics.

    I never liked Izzo. First time I heard it was when Jay did it live on BET rocking the white Jordan Bulls jersey and I couldn’t believe how WACK that shit sounded.
    Heart of the City is the shit, but the Unplugged version with Jaguar Wright is better.
    On Takeover, I really only liked the verse he had for Nas. I thought some of the lines he had for Mobb were a little corny. U Don’t Know was better on Gift and the Curse w/M.O.P. and ya’ll really like the Girls, Girls, Girls remix?

    Far as I’m concerned, as unlistenable as some of the joints on In My Lfetime are, he never came with anything after that album that fucks with Where I’m From, Imaginary Players, Who You Wit, Friend or Foe II or Streets Is Watching. And if you can’t listen to Reasonable Doubt from start to finish, then really, who gives a fuck what you think, son.

  • NOT A CLASSIC!!!!!!!!!

    JAY-Z IS THE MOST OVERRRATED RAPPER,WHEN PAC AND BIG WHERE STILL ALIVE JAY-Z WAS NEVER CONSIDERED TO ASS GREAT TO PAC AND BIG.

  • MR. DICK

    Overhyped, kinda corny.

  • Counterfeit

    The Blueprint is clearly 4 mics, but it’s still better than Stillmatic.

  • Tha Blueprint

    The Blueprint is a classic album and bol is stupid as fuck if her actually thinks that it isn’t. I dont even want to waste my time explaining why it is. Listen to it. From reading these posts yall are a bunch of grown ass men (most of you are older than me, Im 20) y are you dissing each other online. that shit is gay, go get a job.
    out

  • Puerto-Black

    Blueprint is a clasic. Only boderline wack song is jigga my nigga and that hit was still better then most niggas single. Real Talk

  • Puerto-Black

    Rulers back, IZZO, Takeover, heart of the city, SONG CRY, U DON’T KNOW, All I need, Renagade, Blueprint, LYRICAL EXERCISE, Girls 1 and 2. Damn not a one song trash

  • H-man

    Blueprint is a Klassic(no dill pickel)

  • Fin

    For those cats praising the Eminem song, lest we forget, that was originally a Royce da 5’9 song that Em let Jay rock on, verse et al.

  • http://itsbeentime.blogspirit.com Tego

    Pah! I will stab you with a spoon! Chop your lips off with a magnetic screw-driver! ‘Blueprint’ is my favorite album of all time. How dare ye make such statements? ‘Hola Hovito’ was amazing “Nah mahfuckers/ Yall mahfuckers better run in the post office and get a job mahfuckers” the production is incredible.

    Serious Bol! A spoon and a screw-driver!

  • BELIZE

    Bol Says:

    August 22nd, 2006 at 2:34 pm
    >It might not be Jay’s best Cd but it was the cd of the summer…that u cant front on!

    What summer? Did this album not come out in September?

    ^I was in Arizona…thats’ their summer

  • Whoa

    oh that u bol 4 tellin me shit i already kno

  • TrueLife

    Blueprint was not one of jay-z best albums.
    But to banter a bit. The first thing is to define what classic means. If classic means genre-defining, radical. Then blueprint would fail on all accounts (I would say the same for KRS-ONE blueprint…not to say that is was bad, but not a classic) However this is where things would differ, KRS-One has released classic material, while jay-z never in his life ever did. Nothing he has done on a musical spectrum is classical. However on the business sides of things, the drug dealing coon has open up alot of opportunity.
    Until jay-z can drop follow the leader type of shit….then he can be considered great. But guess not. One of rakim verse is better than all 85 of jay-z albums.

  • Omar

    On his last blog, Bol himself said The Blueprint was classic, now he’s not sure and before that he didn’t have The Blueprint as Jay’s best album, I think Bol’s nickname should be chancleta after Jay’s favorite footwear.

  • http://aol.com natalie portman

    It was the all time worst album ever. Jay-Z sucks

  • NYC Lean

    I’m a Jigga fan but Blueprint was by no man’s standards a classic. Reasonable Doubt… Classic…

  • Doc Flav

    In My Lifetime Imaginary Player >>>> Blueprint Hola Hovito. Face It Hov Was Commercial Save That Dumbin Down The Music For Fans Ish. Takeover Was A Failed Attempt To Get At Nas, Who Was Killing Jay And Memphis Bleek On The Underground Circuit BTW. You Hov Fans Do Your Idol A Disservice By Ranking That Album So Highly. Song Cry And U Dont Know Was The Only Real Gully Tracks On It.

  • Tray

    ^^^^^^^^

    What’s up, Natalie? Anyway, I would have to say that the Blueprint is classic, and Reasonable Doubt is not. The production on RD sucks on about half the tracks, Jay didn’t have his flow, his swagger, anything. If he had kept rapping like that, we wouldn’t even talk about him today. Ridiculously overrated album. Blueprint, on the other hand, is incredible. But it’s not everyone’s thing, some people might not like that kind of blatant classic soul-jacking production.

  • http://until-the-train-stops.blogspot.com/ Renato

    Trueflife: you bring up good points. What defines a classic? The word’s been bastardized the last few years.

    Bol: I think most of us accept that Reasonable Doubt is Jay’s undisputed classic. But The Blueprint? What does it even matter? You should check out my post about the word “classic” and its situation in hip-hop – http://until-the-train-stops.blogspot.com/2006/08/this-article-is-classic_08.html

  • http://xxl 2liveanddieinGA

    can kanye please do one song without fuckin sampling please

  • http://xxl 2liveanddieinGA

    and em ethered that bitch

  • NO_TOWN_CA_559

    Fuck Jay that foo is not a good rapper at all i dont care about specific albums that nigga is pure garbage talking bout brush ya shoulder off and that foo talks shit on bubblegum rap too? no, that foo is a muthfuckin hipocryt and he is just plain a bad rapper, many people place him as the greatest rapper ever pfft that foo is nuthin wen it comes to pac big nas dre (mac and dr.) and there are plenty more and i ain’t hatin on this foo cuz im on the west or anything i respect dat nigga gettin his cash but come on.Honestly who here would put him in any music or even just hip-hop top lists he is maybe15 on top ten haha he is straight up WACK

  • The Dynasty

    NO_TOWN_CA_559 Says:
    “pfft that foo is nuthin wen it comes to pac big nas dre (mac and dr.)”

    Guess who writes Dr. Dre’s shit… Jay-Z (best rapper ever)… In jay’s words “too much west coast dick lickin”

  • THAT_BOY_NOAH

    YEAH..BLUEPRINT IS A CLASSIC.

  • Wez

    You don’t know shit about rap.
    The Blueprint is a classic!!
    Fuck you Hip-Pop lover!!

  • allnice

    Yeah, the Blueprint really isn’t a classic album. Neither is Stillmatic, but you can make a case that Stillmatic is sub-classic just based on tracks like Rewind, 2nd Childhood, Your Da Man, One Mic.

    Jay-Z really only had 2 good songs on Blueprint, Heart of the City and Never Change. After that, the album pretty much falls to pieces. He got outshined on the Em track; You Don’t Know gets annoying after a few listens; Izzo is gay; the Timbo track is gay (Hola ovito?!!); Girls is horrible; and the rest of the album is forgettable.

    The only reason the album was classic was because hip hop had a serious drought of good music before the Jay and Nas beef. In retrospect, the beef prolly inspired all the other bullshit beefs that popped off in NYC. The icing on the cake was Nas and Jay-Z “making up” after all the venom they spit at each other. The beef just felt like one big publicity stunt.

    The only people I know that sweat the Blueprint are cats that just started listening to rap recently and weird dudes that like Jay-Z because they think he is a extraordinary businessman. They don’t even listen to the album on the reg either, so that is saying something……

  • yoyo

    the blueprint is weak for these reasons,
    1. the takeover is lazy and he resorts to cheap gossip to make an impact. total bitch move
    2. jay is way too self absorbed on it even for him. there are three tracks that are different variations of his name.
    3. eminem did kill him on his own album
    4. production was sub par all around especially just blaze. bink had the best track.
    5. took cheap shots at pac 5 years after his death
    6. his so called introspective tracks like song cry and that momma one are adolescent shmultz that wood only get a teenage girl emotional(for the real deal see face or beans)
    7. he stole the name from boogie down and there is no logical reason as to why it’s called that. all he does is suck his own dick for an hour

  • babyboy

    tellin u right now Blueprint is a classic,not his best work, cuz dat goes to reasonable doubt, my 2nd personal favorite after da 1 and only Ready 2 die, Song cry can make a Kanye west album Hot like summer, plus Izzo is my house name.
    The beef shit, has nothin 2 do with jigga and nas, the thing is every nigga now wats 2 b the Kin of NY, and went theres 2 good rappers in the spotlight theres beef, look at 50 and Ja, ja was the best rapper from 2000 to 2002 end, he was hot at da time, he should’ve got da MTV awards around dat time , (But the white boy took it, anyway, dats how dey do it, why do u guys think da south is on top??? cuz dey not beefin man, not cuz dey have good artist is just cuz, 1 hand helps another, this beef shit is played out…

  • DCMadeMan

    Fuck the Blueprint. Streets is Watching Soundtrack was better then that bullshit lol

  • DJ Lucky Luke

    It grows on you after a few listens, but classic? Eh… Reasonable Doubt is his classic, The Blueprint might just be his best post R.D. CD, but it’s not a classic.

  • Anders Weiner

    Not a classic? The album has no weak track.
    Renegade, Heart Of The City, Girls Girls Girls (remix)…no classic?

  • Young Harlem

    Ignorant writer, don’t you re-read this non-sense you put online. Can’t even spell simple words like “evar” I believe you meant to say “ever”. But never the less why would you waste the time and dedication that you put into writing this article, for old outdated news. Can we get a little more current event issues in the music industry? Like Camron says ” Remember back in the days , Man them days is over” You probably that bum ass dude who talks about what he did in high school and the highlights of his bum ass childhood, them days have come and gone talk about more present events.
    - One ya self

  • http://rockthedub.blogspot.com khal

    “For me at least, the Blueprint was definitely not the sound of the fall of 2001.”

    It was around NJ, dog. I used to ride to work with a kid who bumped a cassette tape of the Blueprint and that first Best of Both Worlds for like 5 months. I still know parts of that BoBW album that I wish I could forget, but the Blueprint is a hot album. Would I say classic? That isn’t a stretch… those songs (“Song Cry”, “Girls, Girls, Girls”, “All I Need”, “U Don’t Know”, etc) still sound good, and are pretty good marks of Jay going from the normal coke flows to being more introspective. People hail Blueprint as the LP that broke Nas’ slump, but Jay was doing his thing lyrically on that one. I can put that on in 10 years and still bump it hard. Might just be me though…

  • lmao

    bol u trani

  • Tru Wanksta

    I sell ice in the winter, I sell fire in hell
    I am a hustler baby, I’ll sell water to a well
    I was born to get cake, move on and switch states
    Cop the Coupe with the roof gone and switch plates
    Was born to dictate, never follow orders
    Dickface, get your shit straight, fucka this is Big Jay

  • Danja29

    nigga… you’re crazy. iiiii dunno about this one- just seems like you kinda went outta your way to discredit this one. even tho’ i’ll def. co-sign you on the trackmasters joint.

  • Fernando

    Hey Dynasty..If Jay writes Dr. Dre’s shit…THAT KNOCKS HIM DOWN FOOL. Dr. Dre hasn’t spit a hot line..probably since deep cover. GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS IS NOT A CLASSIC SONG. ITS JUST A CLEANED UP VERSION OF COCKTAILS>>>DAMNIT DAMNIT DAMNIT…..IZZO SUCKED ASS! You cant have a classic album with more that 2 unlistenable songs. I can listen to Illmatic, AtLiens, Reasonable Doubt ALL THE WAY THROUGH. I dont care if he can sell fire in hell. “I can sell an Eskimo Ice at a high price and get him twice..man I’m that nice” MAC DRE IN 1997

  • Mean Jay Green

    Bol said
    >>>Nobody liked that Trackmasters song at the time, and I’m sure it’s no coincidence that Jay never worked with them again.>>>

    He didnt like the Trackmasters so much that he did TWO albums with them AFTER this song.

    Hilarious. I refuse to believe you’re that ignorant. You simply plant bullshit in your blogs to get responses. You win, but eventually your creditability will be for shit.

  • maddhatter

    If you listen closely, lyrically this album is sub-par. This album cannot touch reasonable doubt on beats and lyrics. There were a few good joints on the blueprint, never change, u dont know,song cry, but i mean after a couple listens this shit is annyoying as fuck and corny. no way a classic at all,no way

  • Mean Jay Green

    credibility*

  • http://myspace.com/raqholiday RaQ Holiday

    “1. Reasonable Doubt
    2. The Black Album
    3. The Blueprint
    4. Vol. 3: Life And Times Of S.
    Carter
    5. Vol. 2: Hard Knock Life
    6. The Dynasty: Roc La Familia
    7. Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse
    8. Vol. 1: In My Lifetime

    Vol. 1: In My Lifetime was his worst album but it did feature the best song he has ever made (”Where I’m From”). ”

    ******************

    You’re an idiot. Volume 1 was the last album Jay made before he went ridiculously commercial.

    **************************

    “1-The Blueprint
    2-Reasonable Doubt
    3-The Black Album
    4-Vol 1
    5-Vol 2
    6-Blueprint 2
    7-Dynasty
    8-Vol 3″

    That’s MUCH closer to accuracy. Vol. 2, BP2, BP2.1, Dynasty, and Volume 3 were all POP albums…the were not for the STREETS the way RD, Vol1, BP and the Black Album were.

  • Middle-Man

    FIRST AND FOREMOST, THE BLUEPRINT IS A CLASSIC FOR 5 REASONS! #1) THERE IS ONLY ONE FEATURE.(EMINEM) NEED I SAY MORE? #2) IT INTRODUCED JUST BLAZE AND KAYNES GENIUS TO THE GAME! #3)IT ONLY TOOK 3 DAYS TO MAKE I.E.(FREE STYLE)… NO PEN AND PAD OTHER THAN ‘TAKE OVER’ #4)IT DROPPED ON SEPTEMBER 11TH(AFTER THE TOWERS FELL) KEEP IN MIND, HES IN NEW YORK AT THIS TIME! #5)THIS ALBUM WAS THE REASON REASONABLE DOUBT WENT PLAT!! 5 YEARS LATER!!!!!! STEP YA RESEARCH GAME UP DICK-LESS… THIS ALBUM IS ONE OF THE BEST OF ALL TIME, (HANDS DOWN-FEETS UP)!!!!!

  • gutta

    once again you make comments without legitimate arguments. the bluprint is not a classic album but the docementary is a classic? ill admit,bp 2 was not that good for it being a double jay z album but the fact that is happened to drop(no pun intended ) when the towers did makes it a classic album. with 9/11 all over the tv and on ppls minds that album still managed to do crazy number its first week and it featured probably the 2 best rappers of our time in hov and eminem. even if u really believe that bp was not that good, you have to give credit to any artist who can make a decent album in within a month.stop tryin to take away from the album, just cuz nelly is a after thought.

  • http://myspace.com/dnero1 Dneroda1

    can’t hate on ur opinion…but personally blueprint was the soundtrack i was rockin to for late 01′ and all of 02′ and that shit is most defintely a classic in my book all day…lyrically and musically there ain’t been a album since to match it…i’ll give u that “That Nigga Jigga” coulda been left on the cuttin room floor but the rest of that shit is classic hip hop..holla

  • http://myspace.com/dnero1 Dneroda1

    Blueprint:Album of the decade so far..yep i said it

  • Fernando

    Gutta…Blueprint being released the day the Towers came down gives it no boost towards classic album status. Thats like saying Gucci Manes album is a classic because katrina hit the same day. Further more, if it was a classic album, why is 60%+ of this blog saying its not. I guarantee that wouldnt happen for “illmatic”, “AtLiens”, “Doggystyle”, “Reasonable Doubt” ETC. PERIOD!

  • http://yahoo.com lexx520

    COME ON CAT. HOW IN THE HELL ARE YOU GON SHIT ON THE BLUEPRINT?? THE ALBUM WAS TRUELLY A CLASSIC. BESIDES THAT, EVERYONE HAS BEEN BITING THAT ALBUM SINCE! HOW MANY RAPPERS BEEN USING “TAKEOVER” FOR THEIR MIXTAPES? HOW MANY BEEN TRYING TO USE THE RETROSPECT APPROACH IN THEIR RHYMES LIKE JAY DID ON “SONG CRY AND NEVER CHANGE”? WHO IN HIP HOP CAN DROP JEMS LIKE THOSE? NOT MANY. YOU WHANNA SHIT ON SOMEONE, TRY ALL THESE WACK RAPPERS IN THE SPOT NOW LIKE PAUL WALL, MIKE JONES, AND RAY CASH

  • Fernando

    GOOD ALBUM…NOT CLASSIC. EXcept for maybe in NY, where they could probably sell jay-z’s nutsack sweat to people for $100 a glass.

  • Fernando

    DNERODA1 – This decade has sucked ass so far as hip-hop is concerned, so that is not saying much. In fact, outside the Bay-Area / Mac Dre that I listnen to, there hasn’t been that many good commercial albums. “The Carter” was tight, “Chronic 2001″ was WAY better than Blueprint, and “The Fix” was super sick

  • Fernando

    You want a random CLASSIC album….check Ras Kass “Soul on Ice”. Kills almost every Jay-Z album except R.D

  • the one

    That fuckin album sucks….Period..and so does that other 2.5 o what the hell ever It wasthat came after that!!

  • Freshman_Woes

    I don’t think “The Blueprint” or “Stillmatic” were classic albums. Look at some solidified classics such as Ready to Die, the first Wu Joint, even Illmatic and Reasonable Doubt. Every song is banging. Blueprint has some filler so does stillmatic. Dope albums but neither should be considered classic.

  • stix118

    the blueprints a classic,no questions,check the lryics,beats and fuckin concept.
    And for those thinking a album wid no features makes it classic..you some dumb fucks

  • germankid

    fuck jay z fuck nas both wack,wack,wack. They both fuck eachother.jay z act gangsta but hes not nas is fake as fuck and they both cant rap. now Eminem can rap most dope lyrical mother fucker ever to come a long
    biatch

  • http://WWW.MYSPACE.COM/LARRYBRITE Larry_Brite

    IN THAT CASE : C.O.D. – RAY CASH – CLASSIC (gIVE cREDIT wHERE cREDIT iS dUE)

  • raul

    bol seriously do you even like rap .I know you like the gin blossoms and gay as hootie and the blow fish. But other than biggie i have never heard you giving props to any rap. I can tell by the tone of your blogs you grew up in the suburs and around white people.I peeped his brothers commercial. He looked like the geek in my best friends wedding. I bet bol the same way like a white boy trapped in a fat black dudes body think alton off the real world or that black guy in Ice cube be true to the game

  • maddhatter

    blueprint is a good album NOT A CLASSIC FUCKERS. theres a big difference, classic albums-ready to die,doggystyle,illmatic,reasonable doubt,36 chambers,chronic

  • Ellio

    Blueprint is definatly a classic. lyrically so called classics like Doggystyle and Chronic…or even 36 Chambers cant touch Jay’s spark. no offense, but this album is certified classic. act like you know

  • moore

    “Maybe someone will do a Gin Blossoms/Masta Killa mash-up hosted by Natalie Portman & you’ll be able to die a happy man.”

    HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • HollyHood Izzle

    The Blueprint is a fuckin classic me and my niggaz n the A play that shit @ least 1s a month. U r a fuckin hater!!!! Everytime I check this website u fuckin hatin on somebody tryin 2 get some attention! Find a motha fuckin hobby!!! The only bad song on there is that trackmaster shit.1 kanye and just showed there ass on there, that’s when there career took off. And Izzo was the song of the summer that year and girl,girlsgirls was the shit that fall. Next thang u gonna b sayin the chronic 2001 wasn’t a classic or stillmatic wasn’t the shit. I can’t deal wit niggaz who fuckin deliberately hate on a nigga cuz he wanna b him, b u. Who gives a fuck who name it was when u say blueprint niggaz think about jay and the twin towers
    1. The Blueprint
    2. The Black Album
    3. Reasonable Doubt
    4. Vol.3
    5. The Dynasty
    6. The Blueprint 2
    7. Vol.2
    8. Vol.1
    I dare a nigga 2 prove me wrong wit this list or any other statement I made!!

  • iame247

    Blueprint was almost a classic I think the timing(9/11)and the beef(ETHER>anything Jay-Z had to say) and the sound (totally different from what was stat quo at that time, remember Fabolous debuted at that time, and Cash Money were ruling video and radio) all contributed to the blueprints success. and Kanye’s ego has been getting bigger and bigger ever since.I used to dig him(no homo) but damn son is really feeling himself(no homo) his choice of attire reminds me of Micheal Jackson.

  • Kobkilla aka where u seen it first

    jays a good rapper, but he is over rated and never was a King pin as we all know but he is good when he isnt biting…yea I know everybody does it but damn…..and he really took it 2 far with the prince bite no hate good rapper just never felt sum of the ish he was talkn about…

  • mosdef

    why don’t we make a post about how 9/11 wasn’t all that tragic coz most victims was white capitalists or sumfing! that’ll really get everyones attention! i mean do u honestly believe this man actually thinks b.p. isnt a classic lp? on momma loves me hov sez “B-Hi hated the fact I put rap to the back” a refference to his homie. All of a sudden haters are hi-haters. cot damn!! You don’t Know? Takeover? Girls,GIRLS ,Girls?, Aint No love?, Damnit! Cant even believe that peeps could be enticed into arguing about this.- Pippen was better than MJ! LOL

  • ace

    i used to hate jayz so much but now i must admit i like him blueprint is his 3rd best album

    3. The Blueprint (classic)

    2. In My Liftime Vol. 1 (besides the three pop songs its classic)

    1. Resonable Doubt (no. 5 album ever)

    also i dont think jay should make another album he kinda sucks now

  • babyboy

    Germankid has 2 b fuckin white 2 say some shit like dat, get da fuc* out here man, if blueprint is not a classic Eminem isn’t white ahahah,
    Middle-Man Says:

    August 23rd, 2006 at 10:58 am
    FIRST AND FOREMOST, THE BLUEPRINT IS A CLASSIC FOR 5 REASONS! #1) THERE IS ONLY ONE FEATURE.(EMINEM) NEED I SAY MORE? #2) IT INTRODUCED JUST BLAZE AND KAYNES GENIUS TO THE GAME! #3)IT ONLY TOOK 3 DAYS TO MAKE I.E.(FREE STYLE)… NO PEN AND PAD OTHER THAN ‘TAKE OVER’ #4)IT DROPPED ON SEPTEMBER 11TH(AFTER THE TOWERS FELL) KEEP IN MIND, HES IN NEW YORK AT THIS TIME! #5)THIS ALBUM WAS THE REASON REASONABLE DOUBT WENT PLAT!! 5 YEARS LATER!!!!!! STEP YA RESEARCH GAME UP DICK-LESS… THIS ALBUM IS ONE OF THE BEST OF ALL TIME, (HANDS DOWN-FEETS UP)!!!!!

    This is so much tru man, u right boy… keep ur head up

  • jus

    “in retrospect, the Jay and Nas beef ended up being pretty damn fruity”

    did you want them to get killed at the end like 2pac and biggie??
    why do i read the shit that bol writes?
    this guy is stupid…..

  • NO_TOWN_CA_559

    The Dynasty Says:

    August 23rd, 2006 at 12:11 am
    NO_TOWN_CA_559 Says:
    “pfft that foo is nuthin wen it comes to pac big nas dre (mac and dr.)”

    Guess who writes Dr. Dre’s shit… Jay-Z (best rapper ever)… In jay’s words “too much west coast dick lickin”

    hey dynasty you dumbfuck pac big and nas are all from the east coast, so how exactly am i on the west coast dick, even though everyone the east aint came out wit good shit since big haha the west is and always be the shit and we always on top

  • FUCC YO COUCH NIGGA

    This nigga Bol is garbage man. I can see him now, wondering how he can generate a buzz like Sickamore. He’s got to be the worst blogger on this site. I’m dead serious; some one should make moves to fire this dude. He’s really trash. Truth be told, the only blog I read faithfully on this site is Sickamore’s, but every now and then I drop in on some one else’s page. I figured I’d check this homo’s page today. How long are you really going to keep up this “Fuck the world” act? I’ve read about 3 of your blogs since I started checking this site, and all of them involve you hating some nigga that’s doing big things. By no means am I saying that Jay is the shit or anything, but give credit where its do son. That album was hot; especially that renegade song with Em. I’m not saying that you have to dick ride a nigga, but try picking a valid point to argue about. You just look like an ass for this post. Honestly, I think you lose more credibility every time you post one of these retarded “filler”/”please generate a buzz so that these niggas will think I’ve got something slick to say” posts. Had you said that the Black album was trash, I would’ve agreed with you, because I threw that shit away after I listened to it once. I’m serious man; I’m going to write an e-mail to the head of this ish and petition for Bol’s blogger spot. I know that I can write some hotter ish than this. O yeah, don’t just use spell check next time nigga. You should really go back to having your mom proofread your shit. This joint has a ton of grammatical errors (what college did you go to nigga?). Leave the writing to the professionals. They got everybody out here thinking that they’re a writer or something. The blog game is almost as watered down as the rap game thanks to niggas like Bol. I hate to have to murder you out on your own shit, but you were going to get it from somebody; I rather it be me.

    Get ya game up!!!

  • Akatok1

    The Blueprint to me was a classic but Nas Stillmatic was better…. better production and better lyrics. Besides it was at that time were Nas & Jay Z beef was at large. I was more on Nas side because he was samrt person that dropped out of high school and made records that reflect life on the streets and in the minds of people. Jay Z was more of a hustlin rapper trying to get in the game and later on changed the game by becoming more of an artist then instead of being a ganster/hustler rapper. He was great at picking beats and need how to drop his verses without writing them down. Nas songs (Ether a classic dis song, One Mic a classic political song, and Rewind a classic song period for telling the story from the end to the beginning while the beat intoicates you) were gutter and gangsta. While Jay-Z songs (Izzo, regengade, song cry, takeover) were more on the commerical side but his lyrical content is what sold it. Tell me what do you think now?

  • h-lo

    What an ignorant discussion, The Blueprint is a most definate 2000′s classic album, from top to bottom and even beyond hiphop! Sure, I can fully understand if someone doesn’t like it, but making up this bullshit is cheap ignorant and annoying. “Eminem ethered him on that shit” – wow, that’s like saying AZ ‘murdered’ NaS on Illmatic. “Can KanYe do a song without sampling” – well, if you don’t like sampling you should really abandon hiphip. “It’s lyricly sub-par” – oh really? I think few can adapt so perfectly to the moods of the different beats. Can you really blame him for writing lyrics that feel like partying on tracks like Hola Hovita. And there’s an art in doing so, too. If some of y’all got sober of their pointless hate and listened open-minded to this album we wouldn’t have this discussion, for sure! After all, everyone has his/her own personal list of classic albums, which no one can shatter.

  • dj finness

    blueprint is good, but classic, no.
    Calling blueprint classic is putting it in the ready to die, illmatic, paid in full, 36 chambers, me against the world, resurrection (common) bracket.
    well fuck that. Over my dead body
    Question, does anyone still listen to blueprint on more than a monthly basis or have it in their regular rotation. U can bet ur bottom dollar i dont listen to that nemore. Nothin important was spat, the production was good for the time but not timeless, and Jay-Z spat his usual pedestrian bullshit about how he is the best since biggy, he occasionally said something about beign a former drug kingpin (riiight). And for what it’s worth: rewind, you’re the man > anything on blueprint. And i don’t even like nas that much.
    Blueprint = a good album. Nothing more or less.

  • Pretty Mo

    i agree, however i was actually on my way 2 cop the blueprint on 9/11, i lived close 2 a military base and wanted 2 get the album 4 a cheaper price. i didn’t have a cd player in my car so i stopped at my granmother’s house so i could listen 2 it ASAP…just as jay began 2 rip n2 nas (who, by the way, is my most favorite lyricist of all time and who should be my baby’s father), the second tower fell. my grandmother and i were watching one of the news channels…that is the only reason i remember when the blueprint came out. nas could easily shit on jay..i mean, with ether, he did, but not enough. and most of the songs were wack, tho my crew and i used 2 like 2 bump that ‘girls, girls, girls’ remix, but it really wasn’t worth fast fowarding thru the blueprint and breathe easy….no it wasn’t a classic, it was a filler

  • Ali

    iono man cant say i agree…..wats wrong with tha renegade beat? those lyrics were good too and u gotta give Em his props he pretty much killed J on that track….& cmon aint nuttin’ at tha time fukin wit joints like heart of the city cmon bol lets be real u had nuttin else 2 talk about…..& dj finesse i bet u aint bumpin tha rest of the cd’s u mentioned either…not cuz they suck but damn we just wanna hear new shit sumtimes

  • BIBBS

    SO WHAT THE FUCK WERE YOU LISTENING TO AT THIS TIME…PLEASE NAME YOUR ROTATION THAT WAS HOTTER AT THE TIME!!!!!

  • Cuban Link

    The Black Album>The Blue Print

  • cas

    the blueprint was better than any album released after the turn of the millenium. jay’s blueprint was better then krs’ (yea i said it).its 2009 and i still listen 1-13 without stopping and listen to the bonus tracks to. how can anyone say anything negative, “u don’t know” was a certified anthem. “takeover” killed so many rappers (yea yea i know about ether)”the ruler’s back”:triumphant. “girls,girls,girls” was methodically put together better then any song in recent memory. “never change” was every hustlers theme song (so we can get paper longer then pippens arm!) “song cry” had so much soul. seriously i could go on n on. the blueprint put jay in an iconic status (n thats without “lyrical exercise” being a main track on the album. ill leave you with “muthafuckas/say that i’m foolish/say i rap about jewells/do you dudes/listen to music/or do you just skim through it.” actually take the time to dig the album out and listen to it before you critique it. maybe with an educated opinion your opinion would mean something more then a waste of the five minutes i took to read the article.